What are the absolute essentials for a healthy, growing relationship with Jesus? First, you need adequate doctrine to understand your need for salvation. Second, you must set the heart in the right direction–to follow Jesus. And third, you must renounce your sins. You come to a place where you say, “I'm through with sin. God, teach me your ways!”
Next, the Holy Spirit will lead you into the desert. Scripture pictures this with Moses and the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, then entering the wilderness.
This time of testing exposes what's truly in your heart. Do you still long for Egypt? In our case as Americans, do you still long for entertainment, a prosperous lifestyle, and life on easy street? Or did you really commit to do and suffer all the will of God?
So what's really at stake here? Heaven and hell! As the Bible says, “With most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (1 Corinthians 10:5).
Will you learn from this example, and go all the way through with Jesus?